IN or OUT: Brandy in Mary Katrantzou

Posted on January 03, 2013

Okay, kittens. Since our first post of 2013 was all about easing into our bitchy modes, for the second post we’re going to take an even lazier tack, under the guise of easing you into your new year of bitchery. Besides, it’s been far too long since we had a good ol’ IN or OUT ’round these parts.

You can have that one for free.

Brandy hosts New Year’s Eve at Lavo at The Palazzo in Las Vegas in Mary Katrantzou.

Mary Katrantzou Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Ewelina Kruszewska

So, really: what do y’all think? It can be tough to get those bitchgears moving again when they’re covered with cookie crumbs and half-eaten hors d’oeuvres, so we’ll start you off.

We think it’s a cute and slightly more practical interpretation of the runway look and we like the busy-ness of it on her. She can pull off the print, in other words. She can also pull off the puffy sleeves. And while she’s more than capable of pulling off a short skirt, we’re not entirely loving the way this one is shaped, for her. Love the shoes. The platforms work really well from a proportional perspective and they provide just the right amount of balance, visually speaking. Hair looks super-cute but we would have liked a slightly stronger lip, given the relative lack of color in the outfit.

There. Your turn.


Vote Now!


IN! Cute and fun!


OUT! Busy and awkward!


Miss Kelly Rowland had to wait through the entire holiday season for the final tally on her satin-y green mess. The poor dear could barely eat or bother to open presents, she was so beside herself. Well, rest easy, Kells. You were voted OUT.


[Photo Credit: Gettty,]

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  • In. Adorable with an edge.

    • Or, to put it another way, it’s a Balenciaga knock-off made from a Muppet Babies’ imagination adventure background. And I agree w/ @kiltdntiltd:disqus: she has no neck here.

  • OUT. She’s still too sugary to be edgy. 

  • In!   My only quibble is a slight one. I would have tried a different hairstyle. Its making her neck disappear.

    • Introspective

      I think its the combo of the big hair, the long face, and the high neckline of the dress. Its making a bobble head out of Brandy for sure.  

      A v-neck would have done wonders for reducing this unfortunate effect of the look. but overall its an in with a small i.

    • RebeccaKW

       I agree with the hair.  I do love it, but this look I think needed an updo.  Also stronger makeup.  But overall In for me.

    • gabbilevy

      But *ONLY* because of the neckline. Otherwise, I’m loving that glorious head of curls.

  • IN for being cute and fun. She kept the makeup and accessories to a minimum. Not sure about the shoes, but then, what should WOULD one wear with this? 

  • Post Grad

    IN! Although, are those obstetric inflatables I see?

  • Pennymac

    FEMBOT.     O.U.T.

    • I was going to say, she looks like a robot going to play tennis. But I think it’s cute. 🙂

  • Tatiana Luján

    The collar of that dress  combined with the loose hair isn’t good for her. I think you’ve got to have a super long neck or your hair pulled back to look well in that kind of collar.

    • Sobaika

      Agreed. The hair is cute though!

    • Maybe the hairstyle wasn’t quite right for this look, but it’s such gorgeous hair I can’t find it in my heart to criticize it.  And she looks so happy in this dress.  In.

      • Tatiana Luján

        I love the hair.

    • Introspective

      I wrote my response to kiltd then read yours here- great minds… 

  • tereliz


    I mean spoons! 😉 I usually love these Mary K. prints, but this one feels a touch too silly for me. Otherwise, I think Brandy is working it, so IN!

    • I love a good Tick reference to really get my day going. Thx!

      • tereliz

        LOL, I was hoping someone here would appreciate that.

        Now I feel slightly less dorky. Slightly.

  • RzYoung

    Defo IN. She’s killing it!

  • Jessica O’Connell

    I kind of love it. I think she is very much IN here. Well done, Brandy!

    • ampg

      “Kind of love it” were exactly the words that came to mind for me, too.  I don’t know why it works, but it does.  In!

  • MarissaLG

    IN! It’s a little bit short, but I like it.

  • SapphoPoet

    OUT. There’s the sleeves and shoulders and the print and the shoes and the slash of color at the bottom…I don’t know where to look. It’s all just too much. 

  • Love my fellow greek Mary! I think she looks stunning, but agree with you about the lip. That’s the only complaint though. IN!

  • ellabob

    She looks like a cheerleader – not a compliment

  • littlemac8

    A qualified in:  where’s her neck?

  • VanessaDK

    Happy New Year!

    The dress is fine–her head is too big.

  • ecallaw1977

    Wow, she works it WAY better than the model.  Or the off-runway, practical interpretation is just THAT much better.  I agree with Kiltdntild though, that her hairstyle makes her neck disappear.  Other than that she looks fabulous.  IN!

  • tallgirl1204

    I like the over/under skirt on the model better, which vibes as a long peplum over a slim skirt, as well as the slightly longer length on the model.  It looks like she threw on a long shirt and forgot the bottom part of her outfit, and is in danger of flashing the good china.  However, she looks so happy and I love love love the top so much, and I like the big hair, so In. 

  • BuffaloBarbara

    OUT.  I want to like it, but I don’t.  That incredibly high neck (that thing is triggering strangulation phobia) and puffy sleeves make top so dominant that the ultra-short skirt looks out of balance.  Also, it seems to be fitted oddly, with the print falling just a smidge above where it’s supposed to.  Granted, she can pull the whole thing down once she gets off the red carpet, but it looks like it will need to be pulled down a smidge every other minute.

    •  Oooh, so glad I’m not the only one with strangulation phobia. I have all I can do to wrap a scarf around my neck when it’s cold out.

      • BuffaloBarbara

         Oh, definitely not.  I get claustrophobic in turtlenecks.  The scarf thing I solve by wearing them babushka style, so they cover my ears and I tie them under my chin.  Long hair covers the back of my neck enough!

  • Nariya

    In. I’d lengthen the skirt; the look’s a bit top-heavy with those sleeves and that hair. I think the makeup looks good though; I prefer the focus on the eyes in this case. 

  • sweetlilvoice

    Welcome back gentlemen, I hope you had fun with Ms. Laura.

    As for Ms. Brandy

    In….her hair is adorable although I agree with the need for a stronger lip.

  • TheLaurenJean

    Eh? Can that be an option? I like the pretty much everything, but I can’t take that hair with that high collar, even though I think the hair is cute. It just leaves me, ambivalent. So I vote eh.

    • My too – although my eh is ever so slightly a bleh, so out for me.

  • Don

    In–wish she’d kept the underskirt, but cute and fun nonetheless.

  • I agree with the skirt and lipstick criticisms, but overall she looks great.  I love her hair.  IN.

  • Qitkat

    She looks relatively cute here, but I am bothered that the dress is so…bunchy? crammed? around her neck. It’s probably an issue of the model having a longer neck than Brandy, but it rather bugs me to the point of Out, for being awkward.

  • KSpence

    I like her hair and I like the neckline, but I’m not sure I like the neckline with her hair.  Hrm. Still, In.

  • In.  Although I wish she’d given us a little more bitchface to go with it.

  • In. She looks really cute, although the skirt could use an inch or two for proportion. Still – love it!

  • Le_Sigh

    IN.  Usually she tries too hard, but this is a nice mix of interesting with sweet.  But she’s wearing too much blush.

  • call_me_schmeg

    serving up dinnerware realness. IN.

  • mhleta

    OUT. I like the shape of the dress on her, but the concept of a dress with pictures of spoons and toasters on it leaves me with only one thought: Why?

  • Little_Olive

    Out, but not in capitals. I don’t find it edgy but silly and the high neck is doing her no favors.    

  • SewingSiren

    I think it would have been better with the underskirt. But still in.

  • GorgeousThings

    I’m going to give it an IN. She looks better in it than the model, and I love her in the Donna Summer hair.

  • Louise Bryan

    It was New Year’s Eve, and she was fully covered.  IN!

    Actually, it’s cute in a bizarre sort of way, and although the segments of the skirt were lost in the conversion off runway, the print seems to carry it along trompe l’oeil style.  A little color on the lip, and she would have looked even fresher.

  • Out – the toasters are giving her big big hips, which she doesn’t have.

    I do like the rest of the print though.

    Props for her stylist.

  • leave_Blake_alone

    Definitely IN, though I don’t love the shoes.

  • merciblahblah

    Call me crazy, but the first thing that popped in my head when I saw this? R2-D2’s Hot Piece On the Side. Still, she looks pretty cute.

  • Vickiefantastico

    A resounding In! I love it, head to toe. Okay, the skirt’s a tad short, but that’s my only complaint.

  • tired_mommy

    Was going to say OUT until I clicked  link to the satiny green mess–so I guess in…

  • IN, but only because I’m ignoring the spoons on the dress.

  • VicksieDo

    OUT.  Too busy for anyone. Spoons around the waist?  NO.

  • Anathema_Device

    Hmmm. I’m on the fence with this. It looks like a cardboard dress on her. Don’t like her lack of neck in this outfit. But she still manages to look kind of cool in it. I’ll vote her out, but just barely.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    OUT — hate the high neck and the skirt length is all wrong for that sillouette.

  • …Is it just me, or is the skirt printed with spoons and toasters?  

  • BobStPaul

    In, but the dress really is too short.

  • MilaXX

    IN! LOVE The whole look and that’s some professional level engagement ring showing 

  • E. D.


  • lexilexi

    That’s one (HUGE) engagement ring.

  • in like a pin, dahlings!

  • In. The proportions are good and I love her hair.

  • shopgirl716

    Cute.  Love it.

  • Annabelle Archer

    Meh. Solange, she just isn’t. 

  • Violina23

    I think the hair is a bit much, points off for that, but otherwise it’s a cute look. I say IN

  • DinaSews

    IN.  I’m a sucker for white and she looks fun.

  • IN

  • Judy_J

    Out.  Looks like a futuristic car hop to me.

  • IN! But only because she’s Brandy, and can work it, and is already cute as hell. The toned down bling was a smart move with the busy dress. What is that print, “things you find behind the counter at Starbucks?”

  • crash1212

    I’m going to give it an IN – even though I think she ruined the proportions by taking that….underskirt?….thingy off. But because she aced all the other elements of a cute look – IN.

  • Offbalance

    Look, I miss Donna Summer, too, but there’s no reason for dressing up like her circa a 1978 album cover in public.

  • Amanda Martin-Morris

    Something about it is giving me an R2-D2 vibe, which I’m not altogether opposed to.

  • lalahartma


  • kschwarting

    She looks fine, but I think this needs a more Ph.D.-level wearer like Solange.  But in with a small “i.”

  • In.

  • Claudia Fernandes

    In, very funny and fresh! Happy new year!

  • Kitchen kitch, or culinary couture?  I’m not sure, but I think she’s serving it (pun intended) either way!  Toasting in the new year with toasters: I wish I had thought of that!

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I like it better as a top over a skirt, but not the skirt on the model. A plain black bandage skirt would have turned this into a ‘WERQ’ for me. In, because from the waist up she looks fantastic.

  • formerlyAnon

    Out. Mostly on gut reaction. She’s pretty, but doesn’t strike me as pretty here, just quite well-groomed and a little plastic/doll-like.

    Maybe that’s the proportions of the dress.

    Do like the shoes, though.

  • Diana Martinez

    On the fence.  Hair and makeup look great, but something about the dress is not right.  Maybe where it hits her chest?  I’m just not loving it.  She is adorable, though. 

  • Jangle57

    She looks cute and happy and the print is just interesting enough to avoid being a cheerleader outfit.  IN

  • jjfg

    Hmmm – interesting in/out to start with!  The dress makes me think she’s going to a Star Wars costume party and tried to girl up a storm trooper outfit.  I’ll go with IN, because it’s hard to hate on a Star Wars dress and she looks happy. 

  • Bill Curtis

    Spoons! She looks like Dinah, the dining car, from Starlight Express…so that’s an IN in my book.

    • l_c_ann

      Love your memory from Starlight.

      But to me it’s an OUT because they took the neat proportions away and did away with the bottom of the skirt as well as the sleeves that the skirt should be mirroring.  I liked the runway better and they tightened it too much and without appreciating the original.

  • Are… are those spoons?!

  • In. I like it, and I love her hair!

  • chitowndg

    out – I hate the waist length.  It looks like a little girl dress on her.

  • ChelseaNH

    She seems to have misplaced her neck.  Otherwise, I say IN.

  • golden_valley

    Her neck is too short for that dress.

  • In. Supa cute.

  • Lilithcat

    Star Trek waitress.

  • Joyce VG

    IN. Can’t muster any comments though. 

  • It’s IN! This looks really cute on her. And I LOVE her hair and makeup.

  • JimMcC

    IN! Katrantzou is a favorite of mine on the runway, but so few people seem to have made her work look as good in other settings. I think Brandy is killing it in this look. Would be hard for me to love it more.

  • In. All she really needs is a pop of color, and the lips would have been perfect for some color.

  • Jackie4g

    She looks adorable. I like the runway white boots better than her shoes. I think they weigh it down and the white toenails are distracting. The dress has been scaled down nicely and she wears it well. IN. 

  • I’m not loving it, I keep getting distracted by the horrible nude lip and the fact that the dress appears to have swallowed her neck. Her head is sitting directly on her shoulders. No one wants a dress that does that. OUT

  • anotherkate

    I think it’s giving her no-neck syndrome, but it’s otherwise edgy and cute. IN.

  • Imasewsure

    She looks cute but I don’t think edgy is really her thing. Don’t think big hair works for her either but still an IN overall

  • judybrowni

    If anyone can pull off that hideous robot-girl dress, it’s Brandy.

    Still: too short, no neck, needs lipstick.

  • another_laura

    I’ll give it an “in,” but it’s too damn short.

  • Love the dress but its too short. HATE the shoes. Wish she wore closer to the runway version. 

  • Sara__B

    In, but not perfect.

  • kimmeister

    It’s like she compensated for the obliteration of her bust by showing as much thigh as possible.  Very small in.

  • minnye

    I’m always excited to see a Mary K & this is a definite IN. I prefer the dress with the pencil-ish underskirt, but she looks pretty fab. Not crazy about the makeup, tho. Maybe the flash picked up too much highlighter & her face looked better in person.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I like the runway skirt a lot better. And I hate Brandy’s shoes. Hair is nice. I’m on the fence with this one. Can I say it’s a plain old B instead of In or Out?

  • j_anson

    IN. Not perfect, but cute.

  • Happy New Year T and L.  You guys have my favorite blog and I wish you all the best for 2013.  I think Miss Brandy looks silly in this…it’s a bit Barbarella cheerleader gone wrong…hair definitely detracts.

  • butterflysunita

    IN.  I think it’s fun and cute for New Year’s Eve.  Her smile is what sells it.  

  • Lisa_Cop


  • julnyes

    IN – but I agree a v-neck or scoop neck would have been better because she is slightly bobble head here.

  • VioletFem

    IN. Cute and fun! 

  • It’s an IN, she looks fresh and, as you mention, it’s an improved “real world” version of the dress. Love the hair. 

  • Out – that’s a tough dress to wear and I don’t think it flatters her, especially with that particular hair style. I think the model’s version’s skirt, w/o the utility belt, would have been more interesting than the super short version on Brandy.

  • elemspbee

    OUT. The dress loses its drama on her–the puffs are toned down that it loses the character of the dress. Hate the shoes with it. And though I like the color conversation between the dress and her face, I agree that the lips need more color.

    I began with barely IN, but I’m super annoyed with the off-the-runway interpretation of this interestingly proportioned dress. It’s a futuristic, meant-to-be-stiff frock. If that’s not the look one is going for, then pick a different one.

  • unbornfawn

    The dress is cute. I like her hair. The make-up is nice – and so are the nails. The shoes work. Yup, the dress is a little too short. There is something about the proportions here that makes her head look too big for the rest of her body. Which knocks it all down for me.  She looks happy. Haven’t seen her in a while and it is good to see her. IN.

  • I’d prefer the hair a bit..nappier, if that makes sense. I’m not a huge fan of the Ola Ray jheri curl hair. But other than that, i love the entire look. IN

  • marilyn

    In.  She is a little old for such a short skirt, but other than that, it is fine.

  • In, but only if she’s on her way to the Mad Hatter’s tea party!

  • TSkot

    Should have kept the underskirt.  As is: OUT

  • The hair is too busy for the veryveryveryvery busy print, which seems to consist of spoons, napkins (or possibly sugar shakers?), chrome diner back-splashes, and for some unknown reason, chevrons.  I just…I can’t even.


  • neofashionista


  • altalinda

    The skirt’s too short, but I’m still calling this an “in”.

  • bertkeeter

    Thats onse stupid f–king dress…spoons? Paleeeeze! Looks like a sales girl at a cutlery convention!

  • mjude

    i didnt think the boys were going to post today.  i am behind reading but determined.  OUT

  • Monabel

    Love the idea of the spoons, but, no.

  • MzzPants

    IN. IN. IN.

  • EditKitten

    It makes her head look MASSIVE.

  • Hate the dress but she kind of looks good in it. Dress OUT, Brandi IN.

  • Kate4queen


  • Soren Lundi

    I love everything about this.

  • random_poster

    In. She’s wearing it well.

  • Samantha Irene

    I’m giving her an in. Though I wish that the skirt had retained the shape from the runway (still without the underlay) – and a little more lip color would have been nice…

  • Fugly dress-too busy & overstyled.  OUTIE!

  • Jennifer Coleman

    In-minus.  She is making this goofy dress work, but the white toenails are focus-pulling.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    It needed the underskirt for proportion. Her hair is super cute but the dress being ice-skater short makes it an OUT for me. Hope she brought a towel to sit on!

  •  I love it.  Not an easy dress to wear, and she’s making it work.  The toe overhang makes me twitch, but you can’t have everything.

  • Tracy_Flick

    IN, but only because she is perfectly camouflaged to stand in front of the area where they store the glasses behind the bar. 

  • SorayaS

    Out. Busy and awkward is right- at first I thought it might be a “girl, that’s not your dress” situation but I’m struggling to see A-level fashion mavens (Diane Kruger) bother with it.

    Great hair and face though; and the shoes are an improvement on the hideous runway boots.

  • Trisha26

    Out. I want to know where the bottom half of the outfit is. Seriously. This is TOO SHORT.

  • gabbilevy

    Love–with quibbles–so IN.

  • IN IN IN, unabashedly! 
    I wish Janelle Monae would pick up some Mary Katrantzou – I know she has a reason for wearing the black and white tux uniform, but she’d look GREAT in Katrantzou. 

  • CatherineRhodes


  • guest2visits

    It looks like the whole thing has shrunk and appears too small for her, like she’s wearing something cool from the junior’s dept.

  • In! So cute!

  • demidaemon

    I’m torn on this. I don’t really like either version of the dress–though Brandi’s is a good interpretation–but she seems to be pulling it off. IN, for the great smile and general all-around good attitude.

  • I wonder how many secrets are in her hair??

  • Judy_S

    In. The dress is silly but she makes it look cute.

  • out!

  • margaret meyers

    Please, children.  Never put a spoon in the toaster.  Never.

  • NCDFan


  • quiltrx

    IN, but I think it would have been better with the underskirt like the model’s.

  • Seriously? Toasters and spoons?  She looks like the robot maid on “The Jetsons”.  I hate to start the new year as a grouch, but I’m going to have to in this case.  OUT.  

  • jw_ny


    cute & sassy.

  • I was about to say IN, but then I realized those are spoons and wine glasses. What?? Oh well, it still is cute. IN.

    Despite the Rebbie Jackson hair.

  • pokokpuding

    That neckline is not friends with that hair. Otherwise in. 

  • barbarienne

    I could wish the skirt were an inch longer, but that’s the only flaw I see. (I didn’t see the lack of lipstick–I’m not attuned to faces–but now that TLo have pointed it out, I agree there.)


  • ccm800

    In. On second thought…still in.

  • NinjaCate

    Dress IN, Hair OUT.

  • Eva_baby

    IN.  Super cute.

  • PhillipWilde

     Regardless of how Miss Brandy is working it, I just can’t with that crazy spoon print.  OUT.

  • sweetsadness